TCR CARS will make their Bathurst debut at the 2020 Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour, following confirmation that the event will feature on the TCR Australia Series calendar next year.
The event is also pleased to confirm it will form part of the broader Shannons Nationals tour for the first time across the Easter Long weekend, April 10-12.
The announcements come as part of a broader announcement of a continued relationship between the Shannons Nationals / CAMS and the Australian Racing Group (ARG), who now also promote the Bathurst 6 Hour in conjunction with the Bathurst Regional council.
The announcement is another step in the evolution of the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour weekend as the event continues to grow.
The second round of the 2020 TCR Australia Series will see the first official hit-out for TCR Cars on the Mountain serve as the perfect lead-in to the six-hour Production Car enduro on Sunday afternoon.
TCR join Australian GT on the confirmed list of B6HR support categories, with the event to double as the opening round of the 2020 CAMS Australian GT Championship.
The B6HR will serve as the second round of the TCR Australia calendar and the third event of an expanded 2020 schedule, that kicks off at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix with the TCR Asia Pacific Cup in March.
The series then kicks off officially two weeks later at Sydney Motorsport Park before heading to the Mountain on the Easter Long Weekend.
Trips to Winton, The Bend Motorsport Park, Phillip Island and Sandown – and a yet to be confirmed location for Round 5 – complete a seven-round calendar.
TCR Cars then return to the Mountain later in the year for the new fifth Bathurst event to conclude the year.
“Bringing Bathurst into our series is going to be a winner for everyone. It will be fabulous to see sprint touring car racing return to the iconic track in almost 25 years too,” said Australian Racing Group Director, Matt Braid.
“The TCR calendar featuring new and high profile events, plus the ability for the competitors to race against international competition further cements TCR Australia as the most international and market relevant touring car category in the the country for drivers and teams alike.”
The addition of the Bathurst 6 Hour to the Shannons Nationals program comes at a time of the series going from strength to strength, with attendances, TV and live streaming numbers showing marked increases this year.
“2019 has really been a breakout year for the Shannons Nationals and we are even more excited about what is to come in 2020,” said Shannons Nationals director Michael Smith.
“With a significant boost in crowd and viewing figures so far this season, we’re certain that the Shannons Nationals will continue to grow even more with some terrific events scheduled for next year.
“In particular we have been delighted to work with Matt and the team at ARG to add Bathurst to the Shannons Nationals line up. The calendar promises plenty of exciting racing across a wide range of categories and circuits.”
Broadcast and streaming details for the Shannons Nationals, including the Bathurst 6 Hour, will be confirmed in due course.
The 2020 Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour will be contested across the April 10-12 Easter Long weekend.
2020 Shannons Nationals Calendar:
Round 1: Sydney Motorsport Park, 27-29 March
Round 2: Bathurst 6 Hour, 10-12 April
Round 3: Winton, 1-3 May
Round 4: The Bend Motorsport Park, 12-14 June
Round 5: TBC, 3-5 July
Round 6: Phillip Island, 21-23 August*
Round 7: Sandown, 11-13 September